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Memory, Justice and Reconciliation: Coming to Terms with Past Atrocities
July 28-July 31, 2014,
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To register click here.
Countries emerging from eras of repression, armed conflict, or mass atrocities must find a way to address the past before they can make a successful transition into more open, democratic societies. What to do with the past is a dramatic decision for a society that has experienced grave violations to individuals and groups, and to the public's trust in government and in each other.
This institute will explore some of the methods and mechanisms that have been developed by national and international actors, such as truth commissions and national or international criminal prosecutions to assist societies to transition away from a repressive past.
Participants will explore the role of public memory of past violations, including memorials, museums, commemorations and their politics. We will also engage in a study of representations of atrocities and the intersections of art and human rights in media, literature, murals, film and performance arts.
The institute will also provide hands on activities designed to help educators create curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.
Dr. Alejandro Baer, Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies, U of MN
Barb Frey, Director , Human Rights Program U of MN
Cost: $100 includes all parking, materials, fieldtrips and lunches
Optional on campus housing available for $300
For more information please email Deborah Jane.
This institute is a partnership between the Human Rights Program and the Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies at the University of Minnesota.(Continue Reading)
One of the series of events to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
An Overview of Genocide in 1990s and Early 2000s and the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda: A Case Study
Instructor: Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas
Saturday, April 19
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Conference Room 325 Coffman Union, East Bank of U of MN
In this educator workshop, visiting scholar Samuel Totten will begin by discussing the origins, causes and responses to genocide within the scope of human rights and international law. He will then give an overview and summary of genocides perpetrated in Africa and beyond in 1990s including the Nuba Mountains; Srebrenica; and Darfur before examining in depth, as a case study, the 1994 Genocide of Rwanda. Totten will finish by addressing the latest outbreaks of violence in the world, which crimes against humanity have been perpetuated, and noting where there is a fear of genocide breaking out.
Participants of this workshop will receive resources (including one of Totten's books) and materials to develop curriculum to integrate into their classrooms. This workshop will address the 2011 Minnesota Academic Standards for Social Studies as they relate to human rights, international law, and genocide.(Continue Reading)
A conversation between Professor Leslie Morris and Photographer David Sherman
Sunday, March 2
California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Suite 204, Minneapolis
Tickets: $10.00 ($5.00 for Students)to purchase contact Rimon at 952-381-3449 or by clicking here.
Professor Morris and Mr. Sherman will discuss the power and responsibility of art to speak to how we understand the Holocaust and those immediately touched by it.
Professor Leslie Morris is Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. She served as director of the University's Center for Jewish Studies from 2000 to 2009. She is also affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Memory and history are overarching themes in Morris's work. Her interest in understanding Jewish experience is expressed through her study of a spectrum of artistic media, including word, sound, and the use of the body itself. She is currently completing a book entitled The Translated Jew: Jewish Writing Outside the Margins.
David Sherman, created the photographic portraits for the Jewish Community Relations Councils exhibit Transfer of Memory,producing portraits of local Holocaust survivors in color with the intention of capturing them not as victims but as individuals who have survived to have full lives. Each portrait reflects the life of the sitter, providing future generations with a memory of those who have both survived and those who did not.
This event is the third in the 2013-14 series of Rimon Artist Salons.
For more information please visit the Rimon website.
Benson Great Hall, Bethel University
This panel discussion will touch on the role of memory in constructing identity and the ethical challenge that the Holocaust presents to the modern world and the Christian and Jewish communities. The evening will be primarily conversational, with audience participation through Q&A. The panel will feature:
Alejandro Baer, Associate Professor & Director, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Victoria Barnett, Director of the Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Steve Carr, Professor of Communication at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, specializing in Holocaust Film Studies
Robert Ehrenreich, Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Petra Schweitzer, Professor at Shenandoah University specializing in women in the Holocaust
This program has been made possible by the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, with the support of the Hoffberger Foundation.
A lecture by Alejandro Baer
Wednesday, February 5
Beth El Synagogue
Research on contemporary antisemitism, as well as Holocaust education and commemoration reveals that the way people think about the Holocaust is changing. Rather than public discussions of the Holocaust discouraging hatred, in some cases the reverse is happening. This new phenomenon, sometimes called "memory envy," or "Holocaust skepticism," is channeling new resentments and hostilities. Professor Baer will shed light on the sources, functions and different contexts of emergence of a new anti-Semitism related to the globalization of Holocaust memory.
Professor Baer is the director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and antisemitism. Prof. Baer directed the Spanish section of the Shoah Visual Archives and has served as a member of the Spanish delegation to the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research.
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, Jewish Community Relations Council.
It is with great sadness that the Center for Holocaust and Genocide announces the passing of Gus Gutman. We recently had the pleasure of working with Gus on the "Portraying Memories" project with artist Felix de la Concha. Gus was an enthusiastic participant, turning what is typically a 2-4 hour session into a daylong adventure involving a trip to the Shalom Home, where he introduced Felix to his good friend Walter Schwartz, so he could participate as well.
Gus was always full of energy, a wonderful storyteller and great to be around. We were very surprised to hear he was ill and extremely saddened to hear of his passing on January 11.
Although Gus was a child during the Holocaust, he spoke often about remembering the events of Kristallnacht (the Nazi pogrom) that took place throughout Germany and Austria on November 9,10, 1938. "I was just a small child in Hildesheim when my father held me up to see the smoke coming from our beloved synagogue. The experience was so embedded in my memory I even wrote a play, "Guests of the City," about my return to Germany with flashbacks to that time which was produced and performed in my home town Hildesheim in 2005 (I played my father)."
We are very fortunate that Gus's story will live on the CHGS website and that others will be able to view his painting session with Felix de la Concha. The portrait will also be on display in an exhibition planned for Spring of 2015, and website dedicated to all of Felix de la Concha's Holocaust portraits.
Prof. Alejandro Baer (Sociology) and Prof. Catherine Guisan (Political Science)
What is political reconciliation? Are we witnessing efforts to bring final resolution to long-standing conflicts? Should we accept that reconciliation is at best a fragile, temporary equilibrium between opposite political forces that must be reenacted with each passing generation? Is reconciliation an action that rests on religious faith, or does religion threaten reconciliation? Is there a dark side to reconciliation that undermines justice and economic fairness?
For more information on this course go to One Stop.
The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University will host the Third International Graduate Students' Conference on Genocide Studies: The State of Research 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide on 9 -11 April 2015, in cooperation with the Danish Institute for International Studies, Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Copenhagen. The conference will provide a forum for doctoral students to present their research projects to peers and established scholars. The keynote speaker will be Professor Eric Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History at the City College of New York.
This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Genocide Studies research. The keynote address and a focus on papers that explore the Armenian Genocide are planned in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the events of 1915. Papers that put the Armenian Genocide in a broader perspective and examine the concept of Ottoman Genocide carried out against minority ethnic-religious groups, including Assyrians and Greeks, are especially encouraged. Topics may include forceful mass-deportations, expulsions, and massacres during the late Ottoman period. We also invite pertinent applications from students working on the Holocaust as well as those who focus on genocides in Africa, Asia, Australia, and America as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides.
Sociology 8190: Topics in Law, Crime, and Deviance: Gender, Mass Violence &
Crime in International Law
This course examines crime and criminal justice as gendered phenomena with a
specific emphasis on gender-based violence during conflict. It explores how notions of different types of masculinity and femininity are embedded in and influence criminal behaviors, the operation of the criminal justice system, and the evolution of international criminal law. Course readings draw on historical and contemporary research and various theoretical perspectives, some of which present very different ways to think about how crime and criminal justice are shaped by gender and sex.
Trials and Genocides
Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Room 710 Social Sciences Building
With the internationalization of human rights in the aftermath of the World War II, a new paradigm emerged within the international community. The Westphalian concept of sovereignty was abandoned and was replaced by the idea that human rights were a matter of global concern. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was among the first international treaties enacted under that new world order. That treaty states that the persons charged with genocide "shall be tried."However, in times of transition to democracy, a question arises: are trials a viable option to prosecute genocidaires?
Paula Sofía Cuellar Cuellar's academic education includes a LL.B. Degree from the Central American University "José Simeón Cañas" and includes a Master´s Degree in Human Rights and Education for Peace from the University of El Salvador and a LL.M. Degree in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame. She also, has a Postgraduate Diploma on Human Rights and Democratization´s Processes from the University of Chile and several diplomas on constitutional law and transitional justice courses. She is currently working towards a minor in Human Rights and an advanced degree in History at the University of Minnesota.(Continue Reading)
October 21-November 21
"Lawyers Without Rights" tells the story of the fate of German Jewish lawyers, judges and prosecutors after Hitler came to power. The Exhibit explores Hitler's systematic and calculated strategy to disable the legal system and the constitutional framework of the Weimar Republic, setting the stage for the commission of unthinkable crimes against humanity.
Oct. 21 - Nov. 4 Minneapolis Federal Courthouse
Nov. 4 - Nov. 9 Minnesota Judicial Center
Nov. 9 - Nov. 14 Duluth Federal Courthouse
Nov. 14 - Nov. 16 University of Minnesota School of Law
Nov. 17 - Nov. 20 IDS Center, Crystal Court
Nov. 21 Minneapolis Marriott, City Center
The exhibition is sponsored by the U.S. District Court, the Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), ), Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Cardozo Society, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Law School and the Center for Austrian Studies, the University of Minnesota.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
St. Anthony Main Theatre
A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage.
The documentary presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
Noemi Schory is currently the Schusterman Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota throughout Fall Semester 2013. A renowned documentary film director and producer, she is active in Israeli and many international co-productions, primarily in the documentary field.
A Film Unfinished, which she produced, has received numerous awards worldwide and was an nominated for an Emmy after it aired on PBS in 2010. In 2005, Schory was elected president of Input, the international public television conference. She also serves as a museum film director and producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
To view the trailer click here.
Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Center for Jewish Studies, The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jewish Community Relations Council
Muslims who saved Jews in World War II
Introduction by Dr. Daniel Schroeter, University of Minnesota
Saturday, November 9, 2013
St. Anthony Main Theatre
BESA:The Promise weaves Albania's heroism in WWII through the vérité journeys of two men. One is Norman Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer determined to document first-person accounts of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The other is Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian. Rexhep must fulfill the promise made to a Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust and return to them a set of Hebrew books they left behind. And Rexhep's promise is more than words - it's part of his besa - an honor code that, among other things, pledges all Albanians to offer safe harbor to refugees.
More than seven years in the making, Besa: The Promise presents a powerful human drama compounded by a devastating twist. It is a story that that bridges generations and religions ... uniting fathers and sons ... Muslims and Jews.
To view the trailer click here.
Sponsored by: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Center for Jewish Studies, The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jewish Community Relations Council.
Rimon:The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council
Sunday, November 3
Sabes Jewish Community Center
Israeli director and producer Noemi Schory has built a remarkable body of work centered on stories that have emerged from the time period of the Holocaust. In lively discussion with independent filmmaker Emily Goldberg, Schory will reflect on documentary film's fundamental questions - how do you choose to tell a story and construct a point of view? What is the artist's responsibility to her subject, when the story is the Holocaust? The conversation will feature excerpts from Schory's recent films.
Noemi Schory, is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Minnesota throughout Fall Semester 2013. A renowned documentary film director and producer, Noemi Schory is active in Israeli and many international co-productions, primarily in the documentary field. She produced A Film Unfinished about the Warsaw Ghetto, which received numerous awards worldwide and was an Emmy nominee after being screened on PBS in 2010. In 2005, Schory was elected president of Input, the international public television conference. She also serves as a museum film director and producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Cost: $12, $10 JCC members, $6 students and seniors
Click here to purchase tickets on-line
Thursday, October 24 & Friday, October 25
9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
The Story of a Fight Against Human Trafficking in Argentina
Susana Trimarco - Activist against Human Trafficking in Argentina
Thursday, October 24, 3:30p.m.
Maroon and Gold Rooms, McNamara Alumni Center
The symposium will address violence against women as a human rights violation, the erasure of gender violence in cultural debates about human rights, and the epistemic revolts of the rethinking of violence from a gender perspective.
Thirteen national and international scholars will address the most crucial human rights struggles that are taking place in the juridical scenario, as well as the cultural practices that form part of the struggles against the invisibility and the silence about gendered forms of violence. The presentations will also underscore the importance of addressing these forms of sexual violence, and disappearance, campaigns to stop violence, national and international gatherings focusing on women and human rights issues, documentaries and testimonial literature, films, literature, art, performance, video-installations, telenovelas, murals, and arte callejero.
The Story of a Fight Against Human Trafficking in Argentina
Susana Trimarco - Activist against Human Trafficking in Argentina
After the disappearance of her daughter, Marita, Susana began her career as an investigator, uncovering a chilling criminal network of human trafficking. In the search for her daughter, she has managed to free more than a hundred victims. On Oct. 19, 2007, she founded the Fundación María de los Ángeles, through which she continues to help eradicate human trafficking in Argentina.
To see the complete schedule click programa ERASURES 1 (1).pdf.
Sky Tinged Red is Isaia Eiger's chronicle of two-and-a-half years as a prisoner in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during World War II. Bringing it to publication after Eiger's death in 1960 took the skills and passion of family members spanning four generations, including Eiger's daughter, Dora Eiger Zaidenweber, who spent hundreds of hours translating the story from its original Yiddish. This reading brings together his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to read from and discuss this moving memoir, which is a tribute to the power of survivor testimony and the transmission of memory through successive generations.
A lecture by Jeffrey Prager
Saturday, October 5
20 Mondale Hall
In this presentation, UCLA Sociology Professor Jeffrey Prager explores the difficulties in overcoming a traumatic past: how psychic trauma restricts individuals from fully engaging their post-traumatic world and how, unless treated, the trauma gets passed on to the next generation, emotionally and often unconsciously. Transmission of trauma is possible over many generations and interferes with a healthy engagement in the present-day world.
Prager considers specifically the South African case, especially their establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the end of apartheid, to describe the necessity of the public world recognizing the sufferer and collectively acknowledging various forms of private pain and suffering. Finally, he describes trauma as the severing of an implicit, taken-for-granted social contract, which, if it is to be repaired, requires the restoration of interpersonal trust and belief in a social world protective of the individual from psychological and physical harm.(Continue Reading)
Institute for Advanced Studies Thursday Speaker's Series
Thursday, September 12, 2013
125 Nolte Center
Panel Discussion Featuring:
Rebecca Krinke, Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMN, has an art practice and research agenda focused on trauma and responses to trauma. Krinke has invited five distinguished scholars to help her explore this issue through short individual presentations and reflective discussion.
David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UMD, speaking on the 1920 lynchings in Duluth and their ongoing impact.
Jeanne Kilde, Religious Studies, UMN, speaking on issues related to the Muslim Community Center proposed near ground zero, NYC.
Kevin Murphy, Associate Professor of History and a UMN leader of the multi-institutional "Guantanamo Public Memory Project."
Naomi Scheman, Professor of Philosophy, UMN.
José Medina, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University.
Fro more information visit the IAS website.(Continue Reading)
In this chilling and inventive documentary, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer examines Indonesia's communist purge of 1965, in which more than one million leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese were killed. Leaders of the death squads continue to be celebrated as heroes, and the director challenged them to reenact their real-life killings in the style of the American movies that inspired their methods. The result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
For more information on tickets and screenings please contact the Walker Art Center.
Mass Murder? Gee, That Was Fun 'Act of Killing' Re-enacts Indonesian Massacres: NY Times Movie Review(Continue Reading)
The Holocaust in European Memory took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota.
The workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust." How the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film. How the Holocaust has been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US. And what are its implications for teaching the Holocaust in the classroom.
The topic was approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, with internationally recognized scholars in the fields of history, sociology, literature and German/European studies from the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College. Speakers focused on historiography, testimony, media and visual arts and assisted educators in creating curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.
Educators also dialogued with Holocaust survivor Dora Zaidenweber. Who shared her insights on Holocaust memory and her experiences after World War II in Germany, Poland and the U.S.
The critically acclaimed films The Flat (2011) and Hitler's Children (2011) are now streaming on Netflix. The Flat is a documentary film about director Arnon Goldfinger's 98-year-old grandmother who lived in Israel after emigrating from Berlin in the 1930's. After his grandmother passes away the family is tasked with cleaning her flat. While going through her belongings they discover a secret that causes renewed reflection on the family's relationship to the past and the memory of the Holocaust.
Hitler's Children (2011) is a standard documentary that examines the lives of some of the descendants of the Third Reich's more notorious Nazi leaders. One of the most fascinating of these is the segments dealing with Rainer Hoess the grandson of Rudolf Hoess the commandant of Auschwitz and Eldad Beck an Israeli journalist and grandson of Holocaust survivors. They travel to Auschwitz together to help Hoess put context to his troubled connection to his father and grandfather.
Both films explore Holocaust memory and seek to show how the generations handle these memories in order to be able to live in the present.
Sky Tinged Red is the chronicle of Isaia Eiger's two years as a prisoner in Auschwitz- Birkenau. Eiger immediately wrote of his experiences in the camp shortly after the war. The book focuses on his experiences and his role in the resistance movement that took place at the camp.
Isaia Eiger passed away in 1960, leaving the manuscript unpublished for his family. Discovered by his daughter Dora Eiger Zaidenweber, it was put aside until the mid 80's when she set out to translate her father's story. After translating the nearly 100 pages of the typed manuscript she was surprised to find that it abruptly ended prior to his liberation. It would be another 20 years before she would find the remainder of the memoir, which was handwritten in Yiddish. The pages were small and the writing detailed and cramped, which made the process of translating the remaining pages incredibly challenging considering Zaidenweber was now legally blind. Determined, she invented a process to translate the pages. Even so, it took a great deal of patience and persistence on her part to finish the memoir that has now been published. The process she underwent to translate her father's words is a true testament to her strength of character.
The book is now available for purchase and more information can be found by clicking here.
For more information about Dora's story please visit her CHGS web page.
Taylor is the recipient of the Sullivan Ballou award, and Menke received the Inna Meiman Award. These two exemplary students have demonstrated incredible aptitude, commitment, and passion in their service of others throughout their time at the University of Minnesota.
An awards luncheon will take place on Friday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. 280 Ferguson Hall.
Whitney Taylor is a dedicated and emerging human rights activist and scholar, who exhibits incredible energy and intellect inspiring and mobilizing all of those around her.
Taylor has contributed expertise in editing and assisting various human rights research projects and publications and has conducted some of her own human rights research.
Whitney has also contributed to the promotion of human rights through her travels to South Africa during the summer of 2011, where she worked to empower individuals as a research intern for the Southern African Media and Gender Institute. While in Cape Town, Whitney worked to bring meaningful change and to give a voice to those who might otherwise not have been heard through facilitating empowerment workshops in women's prisons.
As an employee at the Human Rights Program, Whitney has assisted in successfully carrying out countless human rights events, which have served to raise awareness on many different critical human rights issues.
Katie Menke, is a devoted human rights activist and scholar whose summa thesis examines the work of the Salvadorian organization, Pro-Busqueda, which reunites families with children who were kidnapped during the country's civil war. In addition to her academic attention to issues of human rights and social justice, Katie has given freely and extensively of herself to advocating on behalf of human rights, particularly in relation to youth, homelessness and inequality. This past winter, Katie took the initiative to spread information about resources for the homeless in Minneapolis, including a program established by St. Stephen's Outreach. During the fall/winter of 2010-11, Katie volunteered with the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), working throughout the Twin Cities specifically on their retail cleaning campaign, which focused on bringing attention the poor working conditions of retail cleaners.(Continue Reading)
Sunday April 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Sabes Jewish Community Center
$5 donation requested.
Dessert reception to follow in honor of: Susette Liepmannssohn Freund
Presented by the Children of Holocaust Survivors in Minnesota (CHAIM)
The Heart of a Mother: Susette's Story: A Film by Rod Martel
Like so many refugee families from Nazi Germany, Rod Martel's experience was typical, if that is the word you can use for the horror visited upon a generation of German Jews. While many of his relatives perished, his parents barely escaped to start a normal life in the United States. His fraternal grandparents fled to Australia, but he always wondered exactly what had happened to his maternal grandmother, Susette, (ex-wife of cinematographer/director Karl Freund) who had been swallowed up by the Nazi war machine.(Continue Reading)
April 26th - May 2nd
Landmark's Edina Cinema
3911 West 50th Street - Edina, MN
In 1996, Chris Nicola, an ex-NYC cop and world-renowned cave explorer, makes a discovery deep underground in the largest cave system in the Ukraine. Buttons, shoes, a key and names scrawled on the cave wall, are mute testimonies to what happened here long ago. The story that Nicola has stumbled upon begins in 1942, when Ukrainian authorities, in conjunction with the Nazi occupiers, begin rounding up the Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Encouraged by one mother's burning wish to save her children, five families defy the soldiers and descend into the eerie cave system outside of their town. It is the beginning of a 544 day odyssey into a dark, damp maze and never-ending night. No Place On Earth recounts the longest recorded underground survival in human history.
Wednesday, April 24
St. Sahag Armenian Church
The Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota in conjunction with St. Sahag Armenian Church will be observing the 98th anniversary commemoration of the Genocide. This year's theme is one of renewal ("the Armenian phoenix") as we look towards the end of a century of genocide and a greater understanding of human rights for all.
Remarks by Alejandro Baer, music and readings.
Free and open to the public.
For more on the Armenian genocide visit the Armenian CHGS page.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka, MN 55305
The 2013 Twin Cities Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration will feature Eli Rosenbaum, Director of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Rosenbaum is the longest serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals in history.
The annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration honors the memory of the six million Jews and other victims murdered in the Holocaust. As is tradition at Yom HaShoah, Holocaust survivors are invited to light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Members of the Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM) will assist in the lighting of candles.
The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, and Minneapolis Jewish Federation.(Continue Reading)
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History, University of Minnesota Announce a Call for Applicants for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The Fellowship is for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Badzin Fellowship will pay a living stipend of $18,000, and the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance.
Eligibility: An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and genocide studies. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.
Required application materials:
1) A letter of application (maximum 4 pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year
2) A current curriculum vitae for the applicant
3) An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota
4) TWO confidential letters of recommendation from U of MN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (chgs.umn.edu).
All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically chgs.umn.edu, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013. The awardee will be announced no later than Friday, April 26, 2013.(Continue Reading)
Three of the films to be introduced by Alejandro Baer and Jodi Elowitz
Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival
February 28-March 17, 2013
For information on the Festival and all films please click here.
These Holocaust Films will have their Minnesota premier at the Minneapolis Film Festival.
No Place on Earth
Saturday, March 9 at 8 pm
Sabes JCC Theatre
For complete descriptions of the films and ticket information please click here.
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Berlin Summer Academy
The Holocaust & Present-day Jewish Life in Germany
July 14-21, 2013
Deadline for Applications, April 1, 2013
This one-week study tour in July of each year is designed for U.S. secondary school teachers to gain insight into many of the historical, social, religious, political, and economic factors that cumulatively resulted in the Holocaust.
For complete information and application forms please visit their website by clicking here.(Continue Reading)
Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 19, 2003. Coming on the heels of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, it inserted the United States deeply into Middle East affairs. As we approach the 10th anniversary of these wars, join us as we discuss the media coverage and the ripple effect they have had on the entire region.
Sponsored by: Journalism and Mass Communication, Minnesota Journalism Center, Anthropology.
For more information contact Sue Couling at email@example.com.(Continue Reading)
Hena Uŋkiksuyapi: In Commemoration of the Dakota Mass Execution of 1862 will be on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College from December 17, 2012 through February 8, 2013, with an opening reception Monday, December 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hena Uŋkiksuyapi, Dakota for "we remember those," features artworks by Dakota and other Native American artists presented in commemoration of the mass execution on December 26, 1862 of 38 Dakota following the end of the Dakota-U.S. War of earlier that year.
The exhibition includes works by artists Janice Albro, Joseph J. Allen, Gordon Coons, Jerry Fogg, Erin Griffin, Jacob Pratt, Mona Smith, Robert Two Bulls, and Gwen Westerman (exhibition co-curator).
Together with the History Department, the Strassler Center offers a unique doctoral program in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. We also offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. stream in the Psychology of Genocide. This initiative draws upon the Psychology Department's expertise in social processes and cultural psychology that is developed within the SEC (Socio-Evolutionary-Cultural) psychology track and the Center's scholarship in genocide and Holocaust history.
The deadline for applications to the Holocaust History and Genocide Studies program is January 15, 2013. Potential applicants can learn more at their website.
Deadline for applications to the psychology of genocide program is December 27, 2012. More information is available by clicking here.
Questions, please contact Professor Thomas Kühne, Director of Graduate Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org.(Continue Reading)
The Metamorphosis to Freedom by Dr. Robert O. Fisch
November 1-December 27, 2012
Tychman Shapiro Gallery
Minneapolis Sabes JCC
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, 55416
"Remain human-even in inhuman circumstances." Dr. Robert O. Fisch
Dr. Fisch is a retired pediatrician and visual artist as well as a Holocaust survivor. His art expresses issues of humanity that he hopes will heal the world in the aftermath of the Holocaust.(Continue Reading)
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and postdoctoral (new!) candidates pursuing advanced Holocaust studies.
The application deadline is January 11, 2013 for the academic year of 2013-2014.
The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945. Studies can include the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place and encompass political, economic, legal, religious and socio-cultural aspects, as well as ethical and moral implications. The Fellowship also supports awardees in learning languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and other geographical locations, which are necessary for the study of Holocaust-related documents. Postdoctoral candidates focusing on topics related to contemporary anti-Semitism will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.(Continue Reading)
A lecture given by Beatrice Ohanessian at the University of Minnesota is now available on the CHGS YouTube channel. In the lecture, Ms. Ohanessian discusses her mother's family's experience during the Armenian genocide. Her mother and two uncles survived the genocide. Click here to watch the video.
Beatrice Ohanessian (1927-2008) was born in Baghdad to Armenian parents; her mother and two uncles were survivors of the Armenian genocide. She was the premier concert pianist in Iraq, as well as a composer. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and received a Fullbright Scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York. She moved permanently to the U.S. in 1994, where she settled in the Minneapolis area near her brother Arsham and sister Sita. She taught piano the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas.
Beatrice was featured on Minnesota Public Radio in 2004; click here to read the feature.
To read her obituary in the Star Tribune, click here.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Dr. Elizabeth Baer, Professor of English and Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, previewed her new book, The Golem Redux. Baer spoke about how contemporary Jewish-American writers have created golem stories as a re-imagining of text-centered Jewish traditions by appropriating, adapting, revising and riffing on older golem legends. Such appropriation, deploying the imagination to seek a better understanding of human nature, is crucial in light of the Holocaust experience under the Nazis. The presentation included golems from novels, comic books, graphic narratives, and "The X-Files."(Continue Reading)
Twin Cities Polish Film Fest
Presented by The Twin Cities Polish Festival and The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
August 10-16, 2012
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers
August 10, 11, 14
For showtimes and tickets click here.
The true story of a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, who outfoxed the Nazis during World War II to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children. For decades, Irena Sendler kept silent about her wartime work. Now, in the last long interviews she gave before she died at the age of 98, she reveals the truth about a daring conspiracy of women in occupied Poland. Irena Sendler was a 29-yearold social worker when the Nazis invaded Poland. When Warsaw's Jews were imprisoned inside a ghetto without food and medicine, she and her friends smuggled in aid and began smuggling orphaned children out - hiding them in convents, orphanages and private homes.(Continue Reading)
CHAIM (Children of Holocaust Survivors Association of Minnesota) is seeking individuals who are second and third generation Holocaust survivors.
Founded in 2000, the group is committed to the preservation and passing on of their families' stories. Over the years members have participated in planning the annual Yom HaShoah commemoration, spoken to schools and religious organizations, and have participated in public programming aimed at educating individuals about the Holocaust.
Currently, the group meets once a month for private gatherings to share their families stories while viewing films, hosting speakers and other special guests.
The group is currently reaching out to other second and third generation individuals who may be unaware of the group, and who might be interested in joining in order to connect with the survivor community and to receive notices about programming or other related information.
Talmud Torah Minneapolis announced today that it is seeking Holocaust survivors for their successful Adopt a Survivor program.
The program, now in its fourth year, allows a Holocaust survivor to share his/her life experiences and personal journey with a teen "adopter." The idea is that based on the time spent together, the teen will "adopt" the survivor's story and tell it to others. All teen participants in the program make a pledge to share their story at the 100th Commemoration of the Liberation of the Camps at the Holocaust Memorial in 2045, thus ensuring that it will be passed on to future generations. The students visit their partners at least once a month after school, as well as attend a Talmud Torah class that provides them with historical context about the Holocaust and the impact it had (and still has) on people's lives. At the end of the program, students create a special presentation and will have developed a personal relationship that will last for the rest of their lives.(Continue Reading)
Mary Neuman, noted Minneapolis resident and Holocaust survivor, announces the publication of her life memoirs in "POCKETS IN MY SOUL". It is the story of her life beginning in Lwow, Poland where she spent a happy childhood with her family. She chronicles the events in her life including living through the Russian occupation, to fleeing the Nazi invaders until being captured.
A special program at Temple Israel of Minneapolis located at 2324 Emerson Ave. S. on Friday, June 15 honoring Mary, who together with family members will read from her book. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. The book is available at the Temple Israel Gift Shop and sells for $14.95.
For more information contact Temple Israel 612-377-8680.(Continue Reading)
Sunday, May 20
5224 West 26th Street
St. Louis Park
Services begin at 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Presentation
"Honoring the Image of God: Reviewing Torture Jewishly"
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Director of Rabbis for Human Rights North America will anchor a panel addressing the spiritual concerns with regard to torture. Barbara Frey, Director of the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Steven Miles, Professor and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, University of Minnesota Medical School will join her on the panel.
The discussion is part of Beth-El's annual Arthur and Irene Stillman Torah Scholar in Residence Weekend, Friday, May 18-20.
For more information please contact Beth-El Synagogue at 952-920-3512.(Continue Reading)
April 2-May 11, 2012
2nd/3rd Floor Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Coffman Memorial Union
May 2-4, 2012
Free and Open to the public
Ancient Traditions Increasingly important in Turbulent Modern Times
The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren, opens an intimate window into ancient and contemporary China. The works reveal the traditional Chinese culture based around mind and body cultivation (self-improvement) and living in harmony with nature. With moral improvement, a resilient inner beauty arises. The re-emergence of this tradition in China has come through in the recent popularity of Falun Gong over the past 2 decades.
Forced by the Nazi's, a Algerian immigrant (Tahar Rahim) spies on the leaders of a Paris Mosque under suspicion of secretly hiding Jews and working with the Resistance, leading him to an awakening from illiterate worker to passionate freedom fighter. Based on actual events in Paris under the Occupation.
To view the trailer click here.
97th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
Tuesday, April 24
St. Sahag Armenian Church
203 N. Howell St., St. Paul
Remembrance (Die verlorene Zeit)
Sunday, March 18 at 7 pm
Sunday, March 25 at 4 pm
Dolly & Edward Fiterman Theatre at the Sabes JCC
As Seen Through These Eyes
Special Guest: Director, Hilary Helstein. Screening dedicated to Stephen Feinstein.
Sunday, March 25 at 12 pm
Dolly & Edward Fiterman Theatre at the Sabes JCC
July 15-22, 2012
A summer study program in Berlin, Germany, for U.S. public secondary school teachers in cooperation with the Education Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
A summer study program in Washington, DC, Poland, Germany and Israel
for secondary school teachers.
The Summer Seminar Program on Holocaust and Jewish Resistance was initiated by Vladka Meed in 1984. This year's program is scheduled for July 1-20, 2012. This seminar is for secondary school teachers who implement Holocaust studies in their classrooms. Our group visits historic sites and hears from survivors and prominent scholars.
Telling the Story Teaching the Core: Holocaust Education for the 21st Century
June 18-21, 2012
The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, based at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, is open to international applications for the 2012 summer session (July 5 to August 17). The application deadline is January 15, 2012.(Continue Reading)
January 4,5,10,17,24,26, 2012
Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College campus.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three week study trip
for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing
undergraduate degrees in 2012 in Holocaust studies and related fields.
I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Joel Sass
Starring Bradley Greenwald
Now through December 18, 2011
The Jungle Theater
Now through December 5
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave S
By Tadeusz Slobodzianek
October 29 - November 20, 2011
Minnesota Jewish Theater Company
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011
Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis 55411
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday Nov 6, 2011
Friday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.
November 1- January 12, 2012
The Holocaust Memorial and Resource Education Center of Florida are displaying the work of photographer Maxine Rude. Rude was a photographer for the United States Army and then for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). The organization was formed to help the approximately 21 million people displaced throughout war-torn Europe.(Continue Reading)
A Talk by Ofer Ashkenazi, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 19
Room 1210 Heller Hall
August 31 - October 16
Special Artist Reception
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm.
St. Paul JCC
Susan Weinberg, an internationally exhibited artist, combines her passion for genealogy and cultural history in this two-part exhibit "A Hole in Time," developed through a partnership with local Holocaust survivor and educator Dora Zaidenweber and "The Silence Speaks Loudly" inspired by time spent in Vilnius,Lithuania.
Friday, September 23 - Friday, December 30, 2011
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library
210 Rapson Hall
Artist Joyce Ellen Weinstein
The University of Haifa is pleased to announce the opening of the MA program in Holocaust Studies that will be taught in English, for 2012-2013 academic year.
This is the only graduate program in Holocaust Studies that is taught in Israel and is unique in its multidisciplinary curriculum and approach. It is dedicated to the creation and nurturing of a new generation of Holocaust researchers. Its aim is to provide them with a well rounded curriculum from a wide variety of disciplines and subjects (history, social psychology, anthropology, genocide and international law, literature and more), diverse methodologies and essential languages.
This series relates to the occupation of France by the Germans in World War II. Some scenes are lyrical, while others focus on the chaos of war and the victimization of the Jews.
The Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland is looking for interns.
For more information please read the attached file.(Continue Reading)
In an effort to better publicize community events on our website and on our listserv, we have created a Community Events form. If you are a non-campus organization planning an event or program related to our mission, please submit this form for review.(Continue Reading)
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. candidates pursuing studies of the Holocaust.(Continue Reading)
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 6 PM
Amherst H. Wilder Center
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul